Monthly Archives: October 2009

Bluefin Endangerment

The giant bluefin tuna (or Northern bluefin tuna) is an Atlantic dweller that typically preys on small fish and invertebrates.  They’re most obvious spawning grounds can be found in the Mediterranean and the Gulf of Mexico.

giant bluefin tuna

Sources cite that the giant bluefin tuna rarely get to grow to maturity as a result of overfishing.

How we best recognize them is probably in this way:

maguro sushi

The Northern bluefin is the go-to tuna for maguro sushi...

maguro sashimi

...and sashimi.

Recent analysis on the stock size of this tuna species has revealed the severity of their endangerment.  Continue reading

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Food FAIL

The following is a collection of images that, in my opinion, can be appropriately labeled FOOD FAIL.

Bon Appétit!

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Ultimate Dieting Philosophy

This is my go-to scheme when I’m feeling the need to lose a few.   It lets me eat anything I want and can justify it effortlessly.

I diet between meals.

Not the right attitude.

Not the right attitude

I know.

It’s great.

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Fruit Monopoly on Waffle Topping Market Usurped in Austin

Well, not really.  In fact, not at all.  BUT, I did learn something rather interesting recently from some friends and in articles and blog posts I’ve stumbled upon.

There are strange culinary combinations a-plenty in the world of cooking, and some are admittedly more outlandish than others.  Let’s take two long-standing some-would-call comfort foods for example: cheese and steak.  Lathering cheese on steak?  That’s sounds overly adventurous.  Oh wait.  Do that and slop it on a bun: Philly cheesesteak.  Going approximately 2300 kilometres Southwest from Philadelphia will take us to Austin, Texas, where they too have combined two tried and true food items into a local buzz-generating delicacy*: waffles and fried chicken.

In Austin*, this isn’t something that’s too striking, it could almost even be called a somewhat pervasive fad.  And this fad is seemingly becoming more and more widespread as more and more people are catching on and enjoying this rather peculiar pairing.  This pseudo-delicacy can be fried chicken with butter (or syrup) dressed waffles, or fried chicken on waffle with some sort of lather (butter, syrup, gravy, whatever) over both.

Chicken WITH waffles.

Chicken WITH waffles.

Chicken ON waffles.

Chicken ON waffles.

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The Tops Don’t Sting You

Chinese people eat a lot of things.  Some things are questionable for environmental reasons, others, questionable in general.  But jellyfish (海蜇), what with its eerily gangly appearance and somewhat mixed reputation (thousand-tentacle sea monster or strangely pretty ocean lamps) might just be one of those foods that won’t make it mainstream in North America.

Jellyfish are scary.

Jellyfish are scary.

Whatever reservations a typical North American may have regarding the ingestion of these unique-looking creatures are not at all shared by the Chinese.  Jellyfish is actually quite popular. Continue reading

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